About Zain Najeeb

Zayn is the head of Marketing & Partnerships at Pakistan's first Science & Technology Park, NSTP. He has worked as a consumer researcher in the brand and advertising domain at Ipsos where he consulted large conglomerates such as USAID, Colgate Palmolive, HBL Bank, Neslte Mena, and USAID . Zayn holds masters in science in Marketing & Strategy from Durham University and has done professional courses from Columbia Business School (Digital Marketing) and Oxford University (Project Risk Management). He can be reached at [email protected].

NSTP arranged conference on ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship through Incubation’

A one-day conference on ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship through Incubation’ was arranged by NSTP (National Science and Technology Park). The purpose of the conference was to bring together international and national stakeholders from Incubators, Accelerators, Associations, Co-working spaces and Entrepreneurs on a single platform to enhance the outcome of the incubation programs in Pakistan. Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Youth Affairs, Shaza Fatima Khawaja, was present as the Chief Guest at the conference. Since its inception, NSTP has been committed to simulating and nurturing innovation-led germination and growth of hi-tech entities. Continuously undertaking conferences, trainings and [...]

4x NSTP Startups won seed funding of $35,000 through ISF fund.

Innovator Seed Fund (ISF) is an initiative of HEC’s Higher Education Development Programme (HEDP) that aims at engaging entrepreneurs and upcoming aspirants who want to convert their business ideas into action. Under ISF, a package of support and seed funding is awarded to early-stage start-ups through HEC-recognised Business Incubation Centres (BICs) at universities. Under ISF, HEC conducted the pitching competition for 26 start-up applicants out of which 4 startups were from NSTP Incubator, TechOne, which have been shortlisted from a pool of 186 applicants. Startups from TechOne Incubator that won seed funds include Ez Geyser, mimAR, [...]

How to Raise VC Funding from Silicon Valley?

Orbit is an augmented reality-based interactive learning tool that empowers classrooms with real-time stimulation to strengthen the students’ learning processes. The startup has recently raised seed funding from Boost VC. Below are the excerpts of the talks with the founders of the startup with Manager Innovation, Yaruq Nadeem.    Yaruq Nadeem: What were your career goals at the beginning? Naveera: Well, ending up with a startup never really was on my to-do list. I wanted to have a good job and that was pretty much it, at the beginning. Wajeeha: Same goes for me. I wanted [...]

Three NSTP Startups to present at GITEX Global

3x NSTP-based startups have made it to being presented to the Middle East Market at GITEX Global this year, which include XpertFlow, Orbit, and Data BI. GITEX Global is the world’s largest tech gathering, inculcating the show of global products and solutions with diverse industry applications. XpertFlow is a startup focused on developing decision support systems for healthcare professionals. Comprising both software (AI Model) and hardware (Medical IOTs), the product can predict Sepsis six hours before onset and other life-threatening medical conditions from a single wearable biosensor device. All in all, it reduces the mortality rate [...]

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament visited NSTP

Ms. Angela Rayner, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament visited NSTP, accompanied by Lord Wajid Khan of the UK House of Lords, the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Housing, on October 3, 2022.  They were received by Dr Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector Research, Innovation & Commercialization, and the ensuing meeting provided them with a detailed briefing about NUST’s flagship project, in the name of the Park. They were provided with visits to the Hi-Tech labs as well as various multinational companies within.The guests expressed their appreciation for NSTP’s R&D ecosystem [...]

Boost VC Invests in NSTP Startup Orbit-Ed

A female-led startup, Orbit-Ed from NSTP, raised a $500k investment from the Silicon Valley investor, Boost VC, earlier this year, bringing their total pre-seed funding to $800,000. Boost VC is an early-stage VC firm founded and run by Adam Draper that invests in pre-seed startups accelerating the Sci-Fi Future that includes aerospace, energy, virtual reality, and other tech-related verticals. Orbit-Ed is the first startup from Pakistan operating in the local market to secure money from Boost VC and the second entirely female-led startup from Pakistan to secure venture capital. The startup is a gamified learning platform with [...]

17th Selection Board Result

The 17th Selection Board of NSTP brought about 36 companies to the surface, out of which 7 were called for the pitch before the board based on their respective average scores. Each of these shortlisted companies went through a series of rigorous screenings and selection processes, pitching themselves to a team of experts from the industry and academia so as to become part of the innovative system of NSTP. Five out of the total were recommended for office space at NSTP. The selection board was chaired by Dr. Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector RIC NUST and Vice President [...]

Peter Thiel backs NSTP ecommerce platform PriceOye

A Pakistani Startup, which has taken inspiration from China’s JD.com has managed to raise seed funding from scores of investors including the PayPal founder Peter Thiel. Securing a funding of $7.9 million, PriceOye has managed to consolidate its position as the leading electronics marketplace in the country. This is Peter Thiel’s first investment to name in Pakistan. The round was led by US-based JAM Fund while additional investors amongst many included Beenext, Tokopedia, DG Daiwa, Mantis VC, HOF Capital, Jet.com’s investor Palm Drive Capital, and Atlas Ventures. Additionally, notable unicorn founders Peter Thiel, Mercury Bank’s Immad [...]

Navigating the Emotional Minefield.

Vladimira sits on the advisory boards of a number of impact businesses including Colorintech, Prospero World and angel-invests, including NUR, a mindfulness platform for the Arab world. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship as a force of good, entrepreneurial mental health and opportunities across emerging markets. She often coaches businesses leaders on how to design healthy and high-performing cultures and she spent a significant time in growing the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Central and Eastern Europe, London and East Africa. She has also engaged in public policy-making at global forums including the European [...]

NSTP SEZ Committee approved the entry of 23 new enterprises.

The National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) SEZ Committee in its 2nd committee meeting on the 27th of June 2022, approved the entry of 23 new enterprises. Both local and foreign R&D based enterprises began entering NSTP after being launched as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), fastening its colonization process. Amongst them, 2 companies already have reached the Zone Enterprise benchmark, in the committee’s first meeting back in December 2021. The second meeting was chaired by AVM (Retd.) Dr Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector (RIC) NUST and VP NSTP, with officials from both federal and district administration in [...]

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